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Heatwave anyone? This is how hot it’s going to get in Blackpool at the weekend

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The jet stream has now moved northwards which will cause settled, hot weather in parts of Britain until the first week of August.

 

Beer gardens and ice cream parlours will be the order of the weekend as the mercury is set to rise, giving us all a fine a sunny few days.

Temperatures will rise to as high as 21C on Friday and Saturday and 20C Sunday.

Friday:

It's going to be a lovely weekend in Blackpool

It’s going to be a lovely weekend in Blackpool

A fine and dry day, after any early fog patches clear.

Plenty of sunshine throughout, with some patchy fair-weather cloud developing into the afternoon.

Feeling very warm in the sunshine. Maximum north west temperature: 26 °C.

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Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Staying dry with plenty of sunshine over the weekend and feeling very warm throughout. Becoming cloudier into Monday, bringing slightly lower temperatures and the risk of an odd shower.

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May bank holiday weather in Blackpool: This when the heatwave is predicted to start across the Fylde coast

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Met Office forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures across Blackpool and the Fylde coast this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

 

While cloudy conditions are forecast throughout Saturday (May 29), temperatures will steadily climb as we head through the weekend.

Cloudy conditions will clear into Sunday as high pressure continues to build. Much of the day will enjoy clear skies and sunshine with some light cloud forecast during the afternoon, as the mercury rises to 21C.

Monday looks set to see the best of the weather, with temperatures reaching 22C as conditions remain clear and dry.

Blackpool looks set to bask in the sun this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Blackpool looks set to bask in the sun this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in Blackpool:

Saturday, May 29, 2021

07:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 12C

08:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 13C

09:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 14C

10:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 15C

11:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 15C

12:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 16C

13:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 16C

14:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 17C

15:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

17:00 – Light cloud / 10% chance of rain / 17C

18:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

19:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 17C

20:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 16C

​21:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 16C

22:00 – Clear skies / 5% chance of rain / 15C

23:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 14C

Sunday, May 30, 2021

07:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 12C

10:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 17C

13:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 19C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 20C

19:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 20C

22:00 – Clear skies / 5% chance of rain / 15C

Monday, May 31, 2021

07:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 12C

10:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 17C

13:00 – Sunshine / 5% chance of rain / 20C

16:00 – Light cloud and sunny spells / 5% chance of rain / 21C

19:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 21C

22:00 – Light cloud / 5% chance of rain / 17C

Torrential downpours and ‘unseasonably strong winds’ set to batter UK

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Britons are set to be lashed with torrential rain and strong winds this week.

Parts of the country could see weather warnings imposed before heavy downpours and unseasonable gales move in from Thursday, the Met Office has said.

Those who are planning outdoor gatherings this week as coronavirus restrictions ease are being advised to think again due to “significant, windy weather” as the result of a low pressure system over the UK.

This month could be one of the wettest Mays on record, surpassing 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the UK.

Parts of the country could see weather warnings imposedParts of the country could see weather warnings imposed

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But she said it was “too early” to predict if this month will be the wettest May on record.

Ms Kent said: “Over the next few days, large parts of the UK will see showery conditions with occasional torrential downpours, thunderstorms and even hail.

“I’d say it’s going to be very unsettled, as some areas will see some sunshine, and be relatively warm, while it’ll be chilly for those who see torrential rain.”

Temperatures in London and southern England will reach highs of 17C (62.6F), while the mercury in Wales, Scotland and northern Ireland will hit 15C (59F).

However, a deep area of low pressure will “hurtle” in from the west on Thursday.

“Parts of the country could see weather warnings come in, as the winds and showers will hit large swathes of the country, particularly in western areas.

“Anyone planning outdoor gatherings should certainly keep an eye out for significant, windy weather and be sure to monitor the Met Office website for any warnings.”

Jordan Banks’ father says ‘perfect’ boy donated organs to three children

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“If I ever could of asked for a perfect child that was my Jordan”

Undated handout issued by Lancashire Constabulary showing Jordan Banks, 9, from Blackpool, who tragically died after being seriously injured when he was struck by lightning on a football field just after 5pm on Tuesday evening. Issue date: Wednesday May 12, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Lightning. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Constabulary/PA Wire
Jordan Banks (Image: PA)

Jordan Banks’ father has paid tribute to his “perfect child” and revealed how his kindness is continuing after his death.

The nine-year-old was tragically killed after being struck by lightning on playing fields off School Road in Blackpool around 5.05pm on Tuesday (May 11).

Emergency services attended and Jordan was taken to hospital, but died a short time later.

Jordan “would do anything for anyone”, his father Matt Banks said in an emotional statement posted on Facebook last night (May 13) on his behalf.

He revealed that the nine-year-old’s kindness has continued even after the tragedy, as he donated organs to help save three other children.

The statement read: “I’m not one for putting my personal life all over Facebook but after seeing post after post about Jordan and receiving hundreds of messages I felt it was time to say something and share the pictures I know he would have liked rather than the ones all over the news.

“Jordan was and is the most amazing little person he had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone, and when parents say they have the best kid ever, he generally was the best ever and if I ever could of asked for a perfect child that was my Jordan, I couldn’t of been prouder of him always putting other people himself, such a selfless little person.

“Even now his kindness has meant that 3 other children may be able to live as he always told us he wanted to be able to help other people if he could so was a donor and has donated which we know will be what he wanted.”

Matt spoke of Jordan’s range of passions, from Liverpool FC to martial arts and fashion.

“One of Jordan’s passions was Liverpool but that was probably more me forcing it on him,” he said.

“His other passions one of many was martial arts, and fashion (he would change his outfit 3 times a day which used to annoy Jen because of the amount of washing) but he always made sure he looked trendy and liked his outfit.

“His favourite T-shirt was his cobra Kai top as he was obsessed with cobra Kai he always wanted his Liverpool or cobra Kai top on and would not be happy if they weren’t clean… he was allowed one question relating to cobra Kai an hour as otherwise our day would of spoke about it all day and everything always related with it and went back to it.”

‘Words can’t even explain how heartbroken I am’

Matt spoke of his heartbreak following the death of his “little best mate”.

He urged other parents to cherish every moment, even the ones which seem insignificant.

“Literally words can’t even explain how heartbroken I am,” Matt added.

“Not only have I lost my little boy I have lost my little best mate we would sit and talk for hours about his future and he would always ask me what I wanted his children to call me and we both decided on papi.

“So this is the real message I wanted to put across is that I never took anything for granted and I always made sure we had quality family time and did whatever I could to show him how much he was loved and how special and beautiful he was.

“So what I ask of anyone with children cherish every moment even moments that seem to insignificant right now.. picking them up from school, putting them to bed at night, making them a drink have tea time together.. as you never know when moments like that will be taken away from you, it only feels like yesterday I was making Jordan a brew, putting him to bed, getting kisses, squeezing him and playing with him.

“Don’t take any time for granted as you may end up wishing you had more like me! So please please if you are busy and they might want to play a game or watch something with you just find time because it’s priceless. Please share this with other parents as a little reminder of how special and precious time is with your children.

“I wish I could explain more of what I want to say but I’m not very good with words and my heart is literally broken but I felt it necessary to write this as I never thought I would feel and go through this and I hope nobody else has to. Make sure to share to all the parents.”

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

Tributes have flooded in for Jordan, from the community, footballers, MPs and more.

Lancashire Police even spoke of how his actions touched the hearts of officers.

On Thursday, a post on the Blackpool Police Facebook page said: “Back in January when the country was in lockdown, Jordan was secretly leaving sweets and chocolates on police cars in Blackpool to cheer up our police officers.

“We are eternally grateful to him for the care he showed us during challenging times throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“Jordan’s actions touched the hearts of our officers and we will always remember his kindness.”

The England football team also paid tribute to Jordan, describing what happened as “so sad”.

It tweeted: “We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Jordan Banks’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”

In a statement released earlier this week, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped.

“We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.”

Met Office predicts washout weekend for Lancashire with thunder to hit

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The weather for Preston, Blackpool, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, South Ribble, Fylde, Wyre, Pendle, Chorley and Lancaster.

Storm clouds forming
Storm clouds forming (Image: Paula Slater)

It’s set to be a washout weekend for Lancashire as the dreary weather sets in.

Thunder, rain and cloud are expected to hit the country throughout the weekend.

It comes as pubs, bars and restaurants across Lancashire prepare to allow customers inside from Monday, May 17, for the first time in months.

Unfortunately, the May weather has been a little gloomy to say the least so far.

Eager punters have been equipped with umbrellas and coats as they stayed determined to enjoy the reopening of hospitality outdoors so far this month.

While many of us are hoping for sunnier days to come, it appears we may have to wait a little while longer, according to the altest Met Office forecast.

Friday is looking rather dull. It will be largely cloudy, with isolated showers throughout.

More rain will set in during the evening and into Saturday where showers will become more ‘persistent’.

There is the potential for the weather to turn thundery throughout the afternoon, but we could also see cloud breaking at points and allowing for some sunny spells.

Sunday is a similar story, with unsettled conditions, sunny spells and showers expected.

The rain will be heaviest throughout Sunday and Monday, with more risk of thunder.

Tuesday, although still raining, will see lighter and less frequent showers.

Here is the full Met Office weather forecast for the weekend ahead across Lancashire.

It covers Preston, Blackpool, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, South Ribble, Fylde, Wyre, Pendle, Chorley and Lancaster.

Today:

A largely dry and cloudy day across the region, with westernmost areas seeing the best of any sunny spells.

Some isolated showers remain possible throughout, but these lighter and less frequent than recently.

Maximum temperature 15 °C.

Tonight:

Cloud builds throughout the evening, with isolated evening showers giving way to a band of rain that moves across the region through the early hours, heavy in places.

Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Saturday:

A cloudy morning with rain persisting.

Into the afternoon, rain will give way to widespread showers, occasionally heavy and possibly thundery, with cloud breaking and allowing for some sunny spells.

Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Remaining unsettled throughout the period, with sunny spells and showers.

Sunday and Monday seeing the heaviest of these, with a risk of thunder.

 

Family tribute to Jordan Banks who was ‘the most selfless little boy’

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Tributes have also poured in for Jordan Banks from the England football team, Liverpool FC and MPs in the House of Commons

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks

The heartbroken aunt and uncle of Jordan Banks who was killed by a lightning strike in Blackpool have paid tribute to the ‘poor wee soul’.

The nine-year-old, a pupil at Stanley Primary School, died after being seriously injured on a football field near School Road just after 5pm on Tuesday evening (May 11).

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Carol Wilkie and Brian Low have paid touching tributes to their tragic nephew, saying ‘God has taken one of a kind’.

Aunt Carol said: “My nephew’s wee boy was struck with lightning and killed when out playing football. So tragic. He was 9.

“It’s just horrible. Poor wee soul didn’t deserve this.

“It’s so heartbreaking. Can’t get over it.”

Uncle Brian said: “It was my nephew’s son, he was struck by lightning playing football down in Blackpool.

“Fly high young man.”

Another aunt of Jordan’s, Michelle Low said: “There are simply no words, God bless you Jordan.

“God has taken one of a kind, love aunty shell.” x

Posting a link to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the youngster – which has reached over £60,000 – Michelle added: “In memory of the most selfless little boy, much loved.”

Meanwhile numerous other family members changed their profile pictures to a football with the words ‘For Jordan x’.

The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy
The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy

In a statement released on Wednesday by Lancashire Police, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped.

“We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.

“We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

The England football team have offered their condolences and described what happened as “so sad”.

They tweeted: “We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Jordan Banks’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

“@LancashireFA is in contact with @Clifton_jfc and will continue to provide support to them.”

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

Blackpool Tower was lit up red in honour of Jordan, who was reportedly a Liverpool fan, while footballers and clubs paid tribute to him on social media.

A statement on Liverpool Football Club’s Twitter said: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jordan Banks,” while Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “A special boy taken far too soon.”

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up in memory of the youngster, with one raising more than £60,000 by Thursday morning from more than 3,000 donors.

Jordan was described as “a shining light and inspiration to everyone” by his football club.

MPs also paid tribute to Jordan during a House of Commons debate on community football.

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans told the chamber: “Can I on behalf of the Speaker and the British Parliament send our condolences to his family and to all his teammates at the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club and all his friends.

“The hearts of the British Parliament and our love go to you all.”

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston sent the Government’s condolences to Jordan’s family and friends, adding: “The club and the local community are clearly devastated by his loss, as evidenced by the absolute outpouring on social media, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this incredibly difficult time.”

Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

The sort of boy Blackpool’s little hero Jordan Banks was

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Jordan Banks was tragically killed after being struck by lightning while playing football in Blackpool

A community has been rocked by his death
A community has been rocked by his death (Image: Submitted)

A community is in mourning this week after a nine-year-old boy from Blackpool sadly died.

Jordan Banks was “doing what he loved”, playing football for Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club’s Under 9s team, when he was struck by lightning on Tuesday evening (May 11).

Shortly after 5pm numerous police vehicles and an air ambulance attended the scene off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

He was later named as Jordan Banks, pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool and massive Liverpool FC fan.

Officers believe he had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

While news of the incident has sent shockwaves through the community and across the country, many people have remembered the “extraordinary” person Jordan was – a ‘shining light’ in Blackpool.

Jordan was an avid fundraiser and raised thousands earlier this year when he decided to take on a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.


Jordan Banks has decided to run 30 miles in honour of what would have been his uncle Reece’s 30th birthday, who lost his life due to mental health issues, to raise money for Counselling in the Community, Blackpool (Image: Submitted)

He managed to run 30 miles over a 10 day period and even received a heart-warming message from Liverpool FC’s vice-captain James Milner for his wonderful efforts.

Milner said: “Hi Jordan, how’s it going? I’ve heard that you’re doing an amazing thing in raising funds for counselling in honour of your uncle Reece. I think running a marathon is an incredible feat, and it’s difficult with people doing it with legs a lot bigger than yours, but to do 30 miles is incredible.

“I heard you get called mini Milner because you’re very determined, so that’s an amazing skill to have, never ever give up and I hear you’ve been out in all weather fighting in the cold and the rain, so you keep going, and keep doing what you’re doing mate.

“Just remember you’ll never walk alone, all the boys are behind you and I’ll send you a couple of shirts – one for yourself for doing an amazing thing and another that you can hopefully raise a bit of money from and put it towards all the money you’re raising.

“Well done bud, it’s an amazing achievement and you should be very proud.”

Jordan gave himself a £100 target for the run – but ended up smashing the £3,000 mark.

Back in January, Lancashire Police also praised the youngster after they discovered he had left sweet treats on police vehicles.

"Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles"
“Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles”

Speaking on January 2, a spokesperson for Blackpool police said: “Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles today.

“We want to say a massive thank you to Jordan! You have most definitely cheered us up today.”

‘Jordan was a shining light’

Tributes have been pouring in for Jordan, with flowers, football shirts and messages left at the scene of the playing pitch, as well as outside his primary school.

In an emotional statement, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan. His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything. Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy. We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club made the following statement: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.

Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School
Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved. Jordan was a Shining Light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone.

“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,

“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.

“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”

Liverpool FC’s James Milner also paid a heartfelt tribute to Jordan, saying: “A special boy taken far too soon. RIP Jordan, YNWA.”

Following the tragic incident, police are appealing for witnesses and information.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

 

 

 

Blackpool boy, 9, killed by lightning strike named for first time

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Jordan Banks was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool yesterday
Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool yesterday (Image: Danielle Begg)

A young boy who was killed after being hit by a lightning strike has been named.

The nine-year-old was playing on a football field in Blackpool yesterday (May 11) during a heavy storm when the incident happened.

A huge emergency response was issued shortly after 5pm with several police vehicles and an air ambulance attending the scene off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured.

The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

Officers believe the boy had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

He has been named locally as Jordan Banks, a pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool.

Jordan, the middle child of three, was a massive Liverpool FC fan.

LancsLive reported in January this year how he had received a special message from one of his favourite LFC footballers, James Milner, after he ran a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.

Earlier today, heartfelt tributes including flowers, football shirts and messages were left at the scene of the playing pitch.

Tributes have also poured in for the youngster across social media.

Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club paid a message of condolence after the tragic incident which happened on their home ground at Common Edge. Jordan was not a player at the club.

The moving tributes left to the nine-year-old boy who died last night (May 11)
The moving tributes left to the nine-year-old boy who died last night (May 11) (Image: LancsLive)

A spokesperson for Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.

“The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but, Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.

“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.

“Rest in peace young man.”

Jordan, who played for the Under 9s team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, has been described as “an inspiration to everyone that he met”.

Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School
Flowers laid outside Stanley Primary School (Image: LancsLive/BPL Bible)

A spokesperson for the club said: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.

“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved. Jordan was a Shining Light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone.

“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,

“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.

“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”

In a statement issued yesterday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

School Road was shut between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but reopened shortly after 7pm yesterday.

An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

Tributes pour in for Blackpool boy, 9, who died after being struck by lightning

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“There are no words for such a tragedy.”

Emergency services were called to the playing fields off School Road and Jepson Way
Emergency services were called to the playing fields off School Road and Jepson Way (Image: Google)

A community is mourning the tragic death of a young boy after he was struck by lightning.

The nine-year-old was playing on a football field in Blackpool yesterday (May 11) during a heavy storm when the incident happened.

Several police vehicles and an air ambulance were called to the pitches off School Road shortly after 5pm to reports a child had been injured.

Police believe the boy had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.

The child, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.

The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

Tributes have been pouring in for the boy, with messages of condolence from football clubs, the local community and beyond.

The child had been playing at the Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club’s home ground at Common Edge, and while he was not a player at the club, tributes have been paid.

A spokesperson for Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.

“The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but, Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.

“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.

“Rest in peace young man.”

The local community has been rocked by the news, with heartfelt messages of love spreading across social media, including on LancsLive’s Facebook page.

Angela Dunne said: “Absolutely tragic our hearts goes out to his family.”

Grace Field said: “Rest in peace little one. Tragic tragedy xx thoughts are with his family and every other person his life touched xx”

Isabell French added: “Tragedy my whole heartedly ache in my heart for the boy and his family R. I. P Little man.”

“This poor boy and his family, there just aren’t any words,” Anuska Cottle said.

Janet Treharne added: “There are no words for such a tragedy. My thoughts are with his family. Big hugs to you all x”

In a statement issued yesterday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

School Road was shut between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but reopened shortly after 7pm.

An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

Blackpool boy, 9, dies after being hit by lightning on football field – updates

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The boy was thought to have been taking part in a training session

School Road in Blackpool
School Road in Blackpool

A nine-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning as he played football.

Emergency services were called to the area off School Road in Blackpool shortly after 5pm today (May 11) to reports a child had been injured

The age of the boy has not been released.

Police said they believe the boy had been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm and was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries”.

Officers have now confirmed the the boy, who has not been named, sadly died a short time later.

His family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

School Road was closed between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but has since reopened.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses and information.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11th.